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Is the sigmoidoscopy a risky thing to do?

Is the sigmoidoscopy a risky thing to do?

Not generally: Flexible sig: getting cleaned out by enemas, having a flexible, lit up tube inserted into the rectum, and advanced (steered), under direct vision (video chip inside the scope) from rectum to sigmoid, and descending colon; looks at last 1.5 feet (approx) of intestine.Stops at the turn under the left ribs. No sedation usually, can do biopsy; slight risk of bleed, perforation (1 in several thousand. ...Read more

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Dr. John Lappas
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Sigmoidoscopy (Definition)

Sigmoidoscopy is the use of a flexible fiberoptic camera or specially designed scope to examine the inside of the colon. Because the procedure only examines the left side of the colon (in an area called the sigmoid), it is termed sigmoidoscopy. This is to differentiate it from a colonoscopy, where the entire right and left side of the colon is examined. A sigmoidoscopy ...Read more


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Is the pancreaticoduodenectomy a risky thing to do?

Is the pancreaticoduodenectomy a risky thing to do?

Major surgery: "whipple procedure" is major reworking of the plumbing, generally done to treat tumors of head of pancreas, neighboring ampulla of vater (entryway of panc and bile duct into small bowel). This shold be done by a surgeon who does "a lot" of these, in a place where they do "a lot" of these- often a cancer referral center. Can be a lot of perioperative, postoperative complications, longterm problems. ...Read more

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Is the adenoidectomy a risky thing to do?

Is the adenoidectomy a risky thing to do?

No: Surgery is always risky.In expert hands adenoidectomy is relatively simple outpatient surgery. ...Read more

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Is the tonsilectomy a risky thing to do?

Is the tonsilectomy a risky thing to do?

Not usually: Scariest surgical risk is postoperative bleeding. For anesthesia, usually goes fine, though airway surgery always carries risk of obstruction. Anesthesiologists tend to be more nervous with obese people getting tonsillectomy for sleep apnea than with treating chronic tonsillitis. Vomiting very common, though meds have really improved this. ...Read more

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Is the amniocentesis a risky thing to do?

Is the amniocentesis a risky thing to do?

Depends,but low risk: Amniocentesis done by an expert is low risk. The main risk is rupture of membranes that often is related to the ultra-structure of the membrane in a given pregnancy. The small risk should be matched with desired benefits; expert counseling can put the risk/benefit in perspective. Seek advice from geneticist and maternal fetal medicine specialist. ...Read more

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Is the splenectomy a risky thing to do?

Is the splenectomy a risky thing to do?

No: There are open and laparoscopic options for some people who need splenectomy. There are a variety of reasons of blood disorder, some cancers, and sometime traumatic injury that may need splenectomy surgery. Your surgeon would discuss and review specific surgical risks for your own specific situation. ...Read more

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Is the xray a risky thing to do?

Is the xray a risky thing to do?

Depends frequency: Risk of single xray is very minimal. CT much more radiation than chest xray.Frequency and closeness in time of studies also factors. The risk of large radiation exposure can sometimes cause development of leukemia and other cancers. Children are more susceptible to radiation induction of tumors related to their growth potential.Obviously consideration given to benefit of exam far outweighing risks ...Read more

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Is the tracheostomy a risky thing to do?

Is the tracheostomy a risky thing to do?

Depends on airway: If securing the airway is difficult, due to mass or severe airway alteration, then it can be quite dangerous and need to be done emergently or without general anesthesia. If already intubated or with straightforward anatomy, shouldn't be a problem. Surgical risks include bleeding, infection, damage to neck structures. ...Read more

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Is the pneumonectomy a risky thing to do?

Is the pneumonectomy a risky thing to do?

Benefit vs risk: A pneumonectomy is a major surgery in which an entire lung is removed. Like any major surgery, there can be complications - some serious. Risks include bleeding, infection, irregular heartbeat, blood clots after surgery, & even a heart attack. However, if you have a serious illness like lung cancer, the benefit to surgery may outweigh the risks. I urge you to discuss concerns w/ your doctor. ...Read more

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Is the liposuction a risky thing to do?

Is the liposuction a risky thing to do?

Any surg has risks: The benefits of the surgery must be evaluated by you and your physician(s). Every surgery has risks. But a qualified surgeon, qualiied anesthesiologist-nurse anesthetist, nursing staff must be in place before you consider an elective surgery. Most of the time, liposuction surgery goes very well and patients are pleased. The contours of our body may be more to your body shape. Please research. ...Read more

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Is the immunotherapy a risky thing to do?

Is the immunotherapy a risky thing to do?

Benefit >risk: Immunotherapy can be risky in some settings. When done right by a board certified allergist in a controlled setting with a gradual build up risks are rare. Reactions can always occur as you are being injected with something to which you are allergic. That is why all shots are given in a doctors office with a doctor on site and all patients must wait 30 minutes after their injections. ...Read more

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Is the chemotherapy a risky thing to do?

Is the chemotherapy a risky thing to do?

Yes: Chemotherapy has many potential risks. The potential adverse events and dose limiting toxicities should be discussed the your cancer physician and team. The important concept is understanding the "risk/benefit ratio". That is, what potential benefit is worth the risks? Also, what alternatives are available? ...Read more

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Is the mastectomy a risky thing to do?

Is the mastectomy a risky thing to do?

Yes: Every surgical procedure comes with inherent risks. A patient and a physician must weigh the risks and benefits. Please talk with your physician about the and benefits specific to your case. ...Read more

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Is it okay to do a project for psych what is the easiest way to kill your self around the household that is painless?

Not a good idea!: There are so many projects that are more worthy than this. How about doing a project for psych about good ways to feel more alive that are painless? ...Read more

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Is the audiology test a risky thing to do?

Not At All: Audiology testing is noninvasive and simple to perform. There is no danger. ...Read more

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It is necessary to disinfect a toothbrush after using? If so, what is the easiest way to do this?

It is necessary to disinfect a toothbrush after using? If so, what is the easiest way to do this?

It is not necessary: There are a host of gadgets available if you so choose. Just apply common sense - rinse the toothbrush well after use, leave it out to dry; replace frequently, replace if you have just recovered from the flu, cold etc. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Is there any way to cleanse your liver? Not sure if that is the right terminology, but similar to how you would do a colon cleanser.

Is there any way to cleanse your liver?  Not sure if that is the right terminology, but similar to how you would do a colon cleanser.

Both wrong: Liver metabolizes, detoxifies chemicals (good,bad,natural, synthetic, whatever) generally into nontoxic substances. Large capacity. Common toxins:excess alcohol, excess sugars, fats, etc. Caffeine seems minerals,helpful in chr. liver disease. Silymarin, in milk thistle, not well absorbed by mouth, might work IV (not available). Colon cleanses don't detox-you poop,lose fluid, minerals, bacteria ...Read more

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Is the uterine ablation a risky thing to do?

Is the uterine ablation a risky thing to do?

Low risk: Uterine or endometrial ablation is a procedure where an instrument (several types available) is placed through the cervix and the uterine lining is burned off. After the period will be very light or none at all. The biggest risk is putting a hole in the uterus at the time of the procedure. This can injure the bowel or surrounding pelvic organs. This happens rarely. Choose an experienced doc. ...Read more

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Colonoscopy? What is the most un-invasive method to get a colonoscopy?

Colonoscopy? What is the most un-invasive method to get a colonoscopy?

A : A colonoscopy is always invasive. It is a scope with a light and camera on it that goes into the rectum and all around the colon looking for abnormalities. If they are found then most of the time it can be used to remove or biopsy the abnormality. Other tests that look at the colon that are not as invasive are xray studies including a barium enema or ct colonography. These tests can see lesions but cannot do anything about them and colonoscopy is then needed to remove the lesions. ...Read more

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If the only way to know if moles or lesions are cancerous is to take a biopsy, what's the purpose of a screening? What if a doctor suspects a mole is normal when it's not? Would it be quick to change?

If the only way to know if moles or lesions are cancerous is to take a biopsy, what's the purpose of a screening? What if a doctor suspects a mole is normal when it's not? Would it be quick to change?

Screening: identifies moles and other lesions with suspicious features that might require biopsy. If a mole has benign features, the overwhelming probability is that it is benign, and biopsy would not be necessary. ...Read more

Dr. Kristi Moffat
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Proctosigmoidoscopy (Definition)

Proctosigmoidoscopy is an examination of the rectum and sigmoid colon (just above the rectum) using a narrow, rigid scope with a built-in light. A small amount of air is usually introduced to distend the bowel, allowing for a better view. Generally, a limited prep is helpful, but not always necessary. ...Read more